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January 26, 1985
The Justice Department said the Federal Home Loan Bank Board acted properly when it distributed $600 million worth of stock in the Federal Home Mortgage Corp., known as Freddie Mac, to the savings and loan industry as a preferred stock dividend. The distribution was an attempt to shore up the S&L industry's sagging balance sheet, but the legality of the move was challenged by the Office of Management and Budget.
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BUSINESS
March 7, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Unlike the rampaging stock market, mortgage rates are in a holding pattern, with lenders offering the 30-year fixed loan this week at an average 3.52%, up from 3.51% last week, Freddie Mac said in its weekly survey. The interest rate on a 15-year fixed loan, a popular choice for borrowers refinancing mortgages, held steady at 2.76%, Freddie said Thursday. Borrowers would have paid 0.7% of the loan amount in upfront fees to the lender. QUIZ: How much do you know about mortgages?
BUSINESS
March 28, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Borrowers with solid credit were being offered 30-year fixed home loans at an average 3.57% this week, up from 3.54% a week ago, according to Freddie Mac 's latest survey. The average offering rate for a 15-year mortgage -- a popular option for those refinancing homes -- rose from 2.72% to 2.76%, the home-finance firm said Thursday. The starting rate for loans that are fixed for five years before becoming variable rose to 2.61% from 2.68%, the survey found.  QUIZ: How much do you know about mortgages?
BUSINESS
March 12, 2010 | By E. Scott Reckard
The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 4.95% this week from 4.97% last week, Freddie Mac said Thursday. The mortgage giant's weekly survey asks lenders what rates they were offering -- and the upfront fees they would charge -- for borrowers with good credit and a 20% down payment. Upfront fees averaged 0.7% of the loan amount. The average rate offered on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages, popular as a refinance loan for borrowers wanting to pay off their mortgages faster, was 4.32%.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Fixed mortgage rates held steady this week, according to home finance giant Freddie Mac, with lenders offering the 30-year home loan at an average of 4.4%, the same as last week. The average rate for a 15-year fixed loan was 3.44% compared to 3.43% a week ago, which is statistically unchanged. Start rates on adjustable mortgages were slightly higher, according to McLean, Va.-based Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed rate hit an all-time low of 3.31% last November. The current higher rate would mean a person borrowing $200,000 now would pay $125 more per month compared with a person who borrowed when the rate was at its lowest, said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac's chief economist.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Stop me if you've heard this before, but mortgage rates are again at record lows, with lenders offering 30-year loans at an average of 3.84%, Freddie Mac's weekly survey shows. That's down from 3.88% last week and a previous record low of 3.87% in February. All of the rates would have seemed unimaginable as recently as 2008, when the 30-year rate averaged more than 6%, or 2009, when the typical rate exceeded 5%.  The 15-year fixed mortgage also dropped to a new record, according to Freddie Mac, the big government-supported loan buyer.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates rose a bit this week following positive news on home building, with Freddie Mac saying lenders were offering a 30-year fixed-rate loan at an average of 4.47%, up from 4.42% last week. The average for a 15-year fixed was 3.51%, up from 3.43% last week, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. Its survey assumes borrowers have solid credit and income, provide at least 20% down payments or home equity, and pay less than 1% of the loan amount in lender fees and points. Start rates on popular types of adjustable rate loans also were higher, Freddie Mac said.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates eased for the second straight week, according to Freddie Mac, with lenders offering the 30-year fixed home loan to solid borrowers at an average of 4.31%, down from 4.37% a week ago. The typical rate for a loan fixed for 15 years dropped slightly as well, Freddie Mac said Thursday , from 3.41% to 3.39%. Start rates for variable-interest loans also fell, according to the McLean, Va., home finance company, which has been under government control since it was bailed out during the financial crisis.
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